After Midnight (2004)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama, Crime Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 3, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A man introduces the woman he's worshiped from afar to the great love of his life -- silent movies -- in this romantic drama from Italy. Martino (Giorgio Pasotti) is an avid movie enthusiast whose greatest passion is the silent cinema. Martino's both works and lives in Italy's National Museum of Cinema, located in Turin's fabled Mole Antonelliana, where he keeps the place clean and indulges himself by caring for the aging equipment and souvenirs. Martino also has a crush on Amanda (Francesca Inaudi), an attractive woman who works as a cook at a nearby diner. One day, after Amanda gets in a screaming match with her abusive boss, she throws a pot of boiling oil at him, and finds herself wanted by the police. While the cops, her car-thief boyfriend (Fabio Troiano), and her best friend (Francesca Picozza) all look for Amanda, she hides out in the museum. So when Martino finds her, she asks him to help hide her. As Martino's idealized love for the cinema collides with the real-life desire he feels for Amanda, he introduces her to his secret world of silent movies and the special meaning they hold for him. Ironically, given the love and care its characters display for vintage celluloid, After Midnight (aka Dopo Mezzanotte) was primarily shot on digital videotape.